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Vocabulary Development

The Importance of Family Meals: Planning Mealtime Conversation

This is the second blog in a series that is exploring some benefits of eating meals together as a family.

A report from the University of Florida points out that one of the real benefits of family meals is that it gives the opportunity for conversation. There are real benefits to these mealtime conversations.

Dinner-time conversation expands the vocabulary and reading ability of children. This benefit does not depend on the family's socio-economic status -- children in all families do better when they engage in dinner conversations.